Dr. Dennis S. Weiner, 82, passed away June 19, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.
Dennis was a man’s man who lived his life to the fullest and on his terms. His life was made up of his many passions, the greatest of which were the practice of medicine, his cherished wife Phyllis, and his family. He was a world-renowned surgeon, and a gifted scholar, teacher, author, veteran, and inductee into the Jewish Basketball Hall of Fame. He was a tremendously spirited and loyal sports fan, supporting Cleveland sports teams throughout his life and possessing an unparalleled love for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Denny taught us all about commitment, faith, patience, acceptance, equality, trust, perseverance, generosity and the importance of kindness and compassion. He showed us how to treat others with respect, and how to be a father, grandfather, and a friend; how to be a husband, brother, uncle, and a son. He proudly wore loud shirts, flamboyant pants, and Cosby sweaters and thought that there was no occasion that was wrong for Ohio State clothing. He taught us how to tell a joke (even a bad one), how to listen, how to savor those special moments, where to find the best restaurants, how to sit back and enjoy life, how to know when we found the person to marry, and for (most of us) how to know when one has had enough to drink and shut up. He showed us how to let music bring tears to our eyes; how one can never eat too much garlic; how to make the perfect steak; how to say the prayers over the candles; how to find and send the raunchiest greeting cards-and how to always have one on hand; how to honor your past, and how to catch/hit/throw a football, baseball, basketball, and tennisball. He showed us how to properly wine and dine friends, how to handle loss, how to handle a broken heart, how to be the best we could be at what we do, how to juggle work and play, how to make hard decisions, and how to surround one’s self with good people. A true gastronome, he enjoyed food, wine, art, music, cooking, smoking cigars, grilling, and as a proud Jewish guy, he made THE best BBQ ribs. He also made a mean Caesar salad, excelled at bananas foster, strawberries Rebecca, coffee diablo, and invented the “Denny Sandwich”: a bagel with cream cheese and a half a pound of bacon.
He constantly showered us all with gifts but he also gave us our most intangible and important ones. His loss is irreplaceable and will be a benchmark in all of our lives.
We will always love and miss you.
Son, Scott wife Margaret: Grandchildren, Ben (Katie) great grandson Levi William
Brian (Mariah) Great Granddaughter Ruth
Julie and Nick
Son Brad (Sherry) Grandsons Jake and Simon, Granddaughter Olivia
Daughter Tracy Cotopolis (Bill)
Daughter Kristin Dean, Granddaughter Carly, Grandsons Brady and Josh.
Daughter Romy Landskroner (Mark), Grandson Blake, Alex and Granddaughter Ashley
Daughter Sherri Riley (Pat)
Son Tim (Amie) Grandchildren Zane and Marishka
Nephew Matthew (Julie) and great nephews Leopold William and Alexander Dennis.
Surviving twin brothers Richard and Roger Weiner
Preceded in death by brothers William and Ronald
Mother Adeline (Kaufman) Father Milton Weiner
The family will be sitting Shiva and welcoming friends Monday 6 to 8 PM at his residence, 2460 Brice Road in Akron. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorials may be made to Akron Children's Hospital, Pediatric Orthopedic Research Fund, 214 W. Bowery Street, Akron, OH 44308.
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